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The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

Police seek a smuggler while doctors, unaware she's the same person, desperately comb unprotected New York for a smallpox carrier.

Director:

Earl McEvoy

Writers:

Harry Essex (written for the screen by), Milton Lehman (based upon a Cosmopolitan Magazine article by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evelyn Keyes ... Sheila Bennet
Charles Korvin ... Matt Krane
William Bishop ... Dr. Ben Wood
Dorothy Malone ... Alice Lorie
Lola Albright ... Francie Bennet
Barry Kelley ... Treasury Agent Johnson
Carl Benton Reid ... Health Commissioner Ellis
Ludwig Donath ... Dr. Cooper
Art Smith ... Anthony Moss
Whit Bissell ... Sid Bennet
Roy Roberts ... Mayor of New York
Connie Gilchrist ... Belle - the Landlady
Dan Riss ... Skrip
Harry Shannon ... Police Officer Houlihan
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Storyline

Sheila Bennet returns to New York from Cuba carrying $40,000 worth of smuggled diamonds - and smallpox, which could start a devastating epidemic in the unprotected city. Treasury agent Johnson loses her but keeps doggedly on the trail; while Public Health doctor Wood searches in vain for the unknown person spreading the deadly disease far and wide. Meanwhile, the increasingly ill Sheila is concerned only with her faithless husband Matt, who plans to abscond with the diamonds. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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One woman brings terror to 8,000,000 people !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frightened City See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Encore-Mystery Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The five cent phone call that Sheila made in 1946 would be equal to sixty-four cents in 2018 dollars. See more »

Goofs

When Sheila is convinced to go to the clinic, the nurse offers her a glass of water. That would not be done if her temperature had to be taken. It would possibly give a false reading. Plus, any good nurse would have spotted her as "sick" the moment she laid eyes on Sheila. See more »

Quotes

Mayor: You gentlemen don't seem to realize, we're facing death.
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References Always Leave Them Laughing (1949) See more »

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One of the Best Noirs Available
6 November 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is a really dark movie. Noir indeed. The title character is smallpox, brought into New York City unknowingly by Evelyn Keyes.

She is on one mission when she arrives and on a rougher one after she's spoken to her no longer innocent sister. But she herself is not intentionally a killer. This doesn't mean she doesn't kill. It doesn't mean her presence somewhere among eight million other people doesn't throw the city into turmoil.

Keyes is excellent. The supporting cast is very good too. There are several little-known people involved in this -- the director included. Don't be put off. It is a movie to be reckoned with! (And how nice to see a Columbia picture. Columbia and Republic turned out wonderful comedies and noirs; yet we hardly ever see them anymore.)


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